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CMAJ. 1995 June 1; 152(11): 1873–1876.
PMCID: PMC1337997

Circumcision no longer a "routine" surgical procedure.


Nonmedical circumcision can no longer be considered routine in a new era of children's rights and more careful scrutiny of the medical necessity of surgical procedures. Although the minor procedure has been practised for centuries, custom and cultural factors may have had greater influence on the incidence of circumcision than the prevalence of problems such as penile cancer and urinary-tract infection that it was thought to prevent.

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